There's a very good reason why you shouldn’t wash your face in the shower

Might have to make a change!

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These days we’re all low on time.

We seem to be living in an era when the days, weeks, months and years whizz by so quickly that we go from Valentine’s Day to New Year’s Eve in the blink of an eye.

And because of all of our busy lives, speed, convenience and efficiency are key in everything that we do.

So when it comes to complicated skincare routines, we do everything we can do to streamline it as much as we can.

Because really who has time for a seven-step cleanse, tone, serum, eye cream, moisturiser, oil, mist routine?

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And while we can cut, merge or postpone some steps in our skincare routine, one that really does need to be completed is the cleanse part.

So to save on time many of us just whack on our face wash while we lather up in the shower or and let our locks soak in conditioner. Multi-tasking to the max.

But it turns out that this might not be the best idea.

According to a skincare expert, you should never wash your face in the shower because, understandably, the skin on the face needs to be treated differently to the skin on your body.

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And this is especially the case when it comes to water temperature.

Skin health specialist Jasmina Vico, who is actress Jodie Comer’s facialist, has revealed that the temperature you keep the water for your body to be comfortable during a shower can be damaging to the skin on your face.

“As tempting as a long, hot shower might seem in winter, it can be damaging for the skin and can cause both redness and irritability,” Jasmina told Stylist.

“Hot water also dehydrates the skin and can cause inflammation. So for those reasons, your face should always be washed with tepid water.”

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Sounds pretty simple to us!

And if you think about it, when washing your face in the shower you’re probably actually using a lot more water than you would if you wash in the sink .

So making the quick switch from shower to sink could be better for the environment too!

Might have to schedule in an extra couple of minutes for that trusty skincare routine…

Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home - so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a fun Rioja and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she became so obsessed with the royals that she followed breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.


Before joining the woman&home team, Aleesha wrote for their sister site GoodtoKnow, where she covered celebrity news, health advice and where to snap up the cheapest lifestyle buys. With a background in beauty, Aleesha has also written for Stylist and Women’s Health where she developed an understanding into what makes a stellar product and which brands are worth paying attention to. She never leaves the house without a slick of lip balm and a good slathering of SPF, cannot live without an eyelash curler by her side and is always on the hunt for new lipsticks to add to her ‘Lipstick of the Day’ Instagram story highlight (and color-coordinated collection).

But it’s not just beauty buys Aleesha can help you with. Social media savviness, strong PR relationships and a need to stay in the know mean she’s all about the latest fashions, clever gadgets and reliable lifestyle buys too. She loves indulging in an interior craze (with a bedroom drowned in prints, plants and pink), is a regular visitor to the Missoma and Edge of Ember 'New In' pages and can’t resist the allure of a kitchen gadget—just ask her three coffee machines.

When she’s not playing around with new products and testing anything she can get her hands on, Aleesha spends most of her time with her head in a current bestseller, catching up on the latest Netflix craze with her sister, trying out new recipes, drinking wine with her bestie and (in non-COVID times) has been known to be a bit of a jetsetter amongst her friendship group. Oh and she makes the most of her Disney+ subscription by watching the Marvel films on repeat (definitely not just for Chris Evans...).

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